Vikings Rumors & News

  • Are the Vikings better off trading up or down in the NFL draft?

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "In the 2010 draft, the Vikings traded out of the first round, then wound up with Chris Cook and Toby Gerhart in the second round — a cornerback who never panned out and a running back who was an extreme luxury item with Adrian Peterson in his prime. If not for the Everson Griffen pick in the..." April 22

  • Vikings couldn’t land O.J. Simpson, but Ron Yary worked out just fine

    Twin Cities "With the No. 1 overall pick in the 1968 NFL Draft, the Vikings were thinking hard about a player from the University of Southern California. They ended up taking star right tackle Ron Yary. But he wasn’t the initial USC player they were targeting. The Trojans were coming off the 1967..." April 21

  • Vikings LB Kentrell Brothers Suspended 4 Games For PED Violation

    NFL Trade Rumors "The NFL announced (per Chris Tomasson) Friday that Vikings LB Kentrell Brothers has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. Brothers is, however, eligible to return to the Vikings’ active..." April 20

  • Saturday flex could be a strong hint for the next MNF deal

    Pro Football Talk "The 2018 schedule includes the inevitable flexing of two late-season Sunday games to Saturday. This is not, in my own personal view uninfluenced by anything I’ve heard or not heard from anyone at NBC, an insignificant development. For the first time ever (except in the event of inclement..." April 20

  • 49ers-Vikings in Week One battle of highly paid quarterbacks

    Pro Football Talk "Two quarterbacks who signed huge contracts this offseason will meet in Week One. Jimmy Garoppolo and his 49ers will take on Kirk Cousins and his Vikings in Week One, according to Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group. That should be a fun matchup of two teams that think they’re going to be in..." April 19

  • Strahan, Bradshaw, Long to work Thursday night pregame for FOX

    Pro Football Talk "FOX still hasn’t announced who will be in the booth on Thursday Night Football this season, but it has announced who will be on the pregame set. Michael Strahan, Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long will work the pregame show on Thursday nights, FOX announced today." April 18

  • NFL to release 2018 regular-season schedule Thursday "The 2018 NFL regular-season schedule will soon be here. The schedule will be announced exclusively on NFL Network during the 2018 NFL Schedule Release Presented by Verizon at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday as part of a two-hour long special. The special will be hosted by Scott Hanson and feature NFL..." April 18

  • Brett Favre failed his ‘Monday Night Football’ audition

    New York Post "After striking out on Peyton Manning for “Monday Night Football,” ESPN has considered big names, like Brett Favre, and not as big, like Booger McFarland, while holding auditions as if it were “American Idol.” Favre recently came in for one of the auditions, according to sources. Though it was..." April 17

  • NFL, NFLPA announce ban of 10 helmet models after laboratory study

    CBS Sports "The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement Monday that they have banned 10 helmet models from being used in the future. Six of the 10 helmet models are banned immediately, while four are only permitted to be worn by the players that wore them in 2017. The results of the laboratory testing,..." April 16

  • Vikings, Eric Kendricks Agree to 5-Year, $50 Million Extension

    SI "The Minnesota Vikings and linebacker Eric Kendricks agreed to a five-year, $50 million extension, the team announced. The deal comes with $25 million in guarantees. He is set to make $1.14 million in base salary for the final season of his rookie deal." April 16

  • The NFL is reportedly dumping its Color Rush uniforms this year

    Awful Announcing "NFL fans expecting to see the ridiculously colored “Color Rush” uniforms during Thursday Night Football this season appear to be in for a rude awakening. According to sports radio guru Jason Barrett of Barrett Sports Media, Fox Sports EVP of Programming, Research and Content Strategy Bill..." April 11

  • Former Vikings tackle Grady Alderman dies at 79

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Grady Alderman, one of the “50 Greatest Vikings,” passed away Thursday, the Vikings announced. He was 79. Alderman, an offensive lineman, played for the Vikings from 1961-74. He was a backup for the Detroit Lions his rookie season (1960) before being selected by the Vikings in the expansion..." April 08

  • Neighbors near new Vikings facility irritated by its bright lights

    Sportress of Blogitude "Back in early March, the Minnesota Vikings moved into a new practice facility. The team’s state-of-the-art new home, located in the South Metro suburb of Eagan, is a “277,000-square-foot, custom-built complex, twice the size of the team’s former home in Eden Prairie,” per a Star Tribune..." April 07

  • FOX Sports Working on Plan to Have Michael Strahan Host 'Thursday Night Football' Pregame Show in New York

    SI "A source tells that FOX’s plan for its “Thursday Night Football” pregame show is to bring it to New York City with a scaled down version of its regular “FOX NFL Sunday” cast. The network, whose Sunday NFL pregame show is based Los Angeles, is expected to air Thursday’s show from the Big..." April 06

  • Tavarres King signs with Vikings

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings added another wide receiver to the roster on Thursday. The team announced that Tavarres King has agreed to a contract with the team. The Vikings also signed Kendall Wright as a free agent last week. King bounced around the league after the Broncos picked him in the fifth round of..." April 05

  • No Sweatpants in Public: Inside the Rule Books for N.F.L. Cheerleaders

    New York Times "Cheerleaders for the Carolina Panthers, known as the TopCats, must arrive at the stadium on game days at least five hours before kickoff. Body piercings and tattoos must be removed or covered. Water breaks can be taken only when the Panthers are on offense. TopCats must leave the stadium to change..." April 02

  • Rice LB Emmanuel Ellerbee has 42-inch vertical leap, to work out for Texans

    Houston Chronicle "When Rice linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee exploded into his vertical leap during his NFL audition, scouts wanted to see him do it again. Why? That's because the measurement was a staggering 42 inches for the two-time All-Conference USA selection. They weren't expecting that high of a..." April 01

  • Vikings already have inquired about Marquette King

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders released punter Marquette King on Friday afternoon. He might not need long to find a new home. The Vikings already have inquired about King, Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports." March 30

  • Vikings reportedly sign WR Kendall Wright

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "comment31 share tweet email Print more The Vikings continued to adorn their offense with weapons for new quarterback Kirk Cousins on Friday, signing former Bears wideout Kendall Wright after his free agent visit began on Thursday. Wright figures to join the team as a slot receiver who..." March 30

  • Vikings sign linebacker Reshard Cliett

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings announced the signing of linebacker Reshard Cliett on Thursday. Cliett, a sixth-round pick of the Texans in 2015, has never appeared in a regular-season game. He also has spent time with the Chiefs, Titans, Cardinals, Jets and Broncos." March 29

  • Kendall Wright visits Vikings

    Pro Football Talk "Wide receiver Kendall Wright has visited the Vikings, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Wright, 28, is one of the better players left in free agency. He visited Kansas City last week. A first-round pick of the Titans in 2012, Wright spent five seasons in Tennessee and last season in Chicago." March 29

  • Vikings sign linebacker Reshard Cliett

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings announced the signing of linebacker Reshard Cliett on Thursday. Cliett, a sixth-round pick of the Texans in 2015, has never appeared in a regular-season game. He also has spent time with the Chiefs, Titans, Cardinals, Jets and Broncos." March 29

  • Vikings Re-Signing CB Marcus Sherels To One-Year Deal

    NFL Trade Rumors "Chris Tomasson reports that the Vikings are re-signing CB Marcus Sherels to a one-year contract on Wednesday. Recent reports had said that the Vikings were hoping to get a deal in place with Sherels at some point in the near future and it looks like they managed to finally hammer out the deals..." March 28

  • Goodell: Helmet should be for protection, not a weapon "A day after the NFL broadened the helmet-hit rule, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expanded on the decision the league hopes will help make the game safer. "Our focus is how to take the head out of the game and make sure that we're using the helmet as protection, and it's not being used as a..." March 28

  • NFL Competition Committee may consider eliminating kickoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "Kickoffs may be the next NFL stalwart to go out the window in the name of player safety. Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy, a member of the NFL Competition Committee, said that if nobody can find a way to reduce injuries on kickoffs, the committee will strongly consider eliminating them..." March 28

  • NFL institutes 15-yard penalty, possible ejection for lowering head to make hit

    ESPN "NFL owners passed an unexpected rule Tuesday that will expand penalties for helmet-to-helmet contact, one that is more significant and far-reaching than the NCAA's targeting rule. Under the change, a player will be penalized 15 yards and potentially ejected any time he lowers his head to..." March 27

  • NFL gives officiating office authority to eject players remotely

    Pro Football Talk "Ejections are no longer at the sole discretion of the on-field officials. The NFL’s owners voted today on a new rule that authorizes a designated member of the officiating department to instruct on-field game officials to eject a player who commits “a flagrant non-football act,” if a foul for..." March 27

  • CBS says fewer ad breaks in NFL games will stay for the 2018 season

    Awful Announcing "Last season, the NFL and its television partners reduced the amount of ad breaks from five per quarter to four. That was in hopes of stopping the silly score-commercial-kickoff-commercial sequence. While it did reduce the number of those silly sequences, the change didn’t get rid of them..." March 27

  • Owners unanimously approve simplified catch rule

    ESPN "NFL owners approved new rules and bylaws on Tuesday, including unanimously approving the proposal to change the league's catch rule and authorizing in-game ejections from the league's officiating office. The owners also made permanent the rule change that teams start from the 25-yard line after..." March 27

  • Mike Zimmer: Vikings medical staff more worried by Teddy Bridgewater's knee than I was

    USA Today "Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said, though he personally felt optimistic about the long-term health of Teddy Bridgewater’s knee, the team’s medical staff was concerned about the quarterback's long-term future in the NFL. “Well, I thought he was doing good in practice. The reports I’d..." March 27

  • Pass interference rule unlikely to be changed to 15-yard penalty

    ESPN "A proposal to change the NFL's defensive pass interference rule to a 15-yard penalty, rather than a spot foul, does not appear to have enough support to pass this week at the league's owners meetings. New York Giants co-owner John Mara said that he was one of the few competition committee..." March 26

  • Trevor Siemian offers familiar risks, welcome security as Vikings' backup quarterback

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "After deciding to trade for Sam Bradford late in the 2016 preseason when Teddy Bridgewater was injured and backup Shaun Hill was deemed not desirable enough as a full-time starter, the Vikings probably didn’t need much more convincing when it comes to the value of having a good backup plan at..." March 25

  • Vikings' Joe Berger, content with his career, retires: 'I'm not trying to pretend I'm not going to miss it'

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "It was 15 years ago this spring that Michigan Tech decided to end its football program, in a move that Joe Berger figured would end his playing career. His unlikely story — from a program that opted to drop football before reversing course, to nearly a decade spent mostly as a NFL journeyman..." March 24

  • NFL not considering rule change on fumbles through the end zone

    Pro Football Talk "The rule that says a fumble into the end zone and out of bounds goes to the defense on the 20-yard line seems illogical. But it’s not going anywhere. Among the many rules changes the league will consider at next week’s owners’ meeting, there’s nothing about the fumble touchback rule, which many..." March 23

  • NFL considering ‘McDaniels rule’ allowing assistants to take new jobs during playoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "The NFL would probably like to avoid ever seeing the Josh McDaniels coaching fiasco ever happen again, and a subsequent rule change would ensure that it doesn’t. NFL Competition Committee chairman Rich McKay confirmed that the league is considering a rule change that would allow assistant..." March 23

  • Vikings C Joe Berger Retiring From NFL

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Chris Tomasson, veteran OL Joe Berger has decided to retire from the NFL. Berger was reportedly leaning towards retirement, despite having offers from the Vikings and Lions, so this doesn’t come as a big surprise. Berger, 35, is a former sixth-round pick of the Panthers back in..." March 23

  • Emmanuel Lamur To Meet With Dolphins, Raiders

    Pro Football Rumors "Vikings free agent linebacker Emmanuel Lamur will visit the Raiders on Wednesday and will travel to meet with Dolphins afterwards (Twitter link via’s Mike Garafolo). Lamur has ties to both clubs thanks to defensive coordinators Paul Guenther and Matt Burke who know Lamur from their time..." March 21

  • Vikings announce several moves, including Kai Forbath’s signing

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings announced four moves Wednesday, making the signings of kicker Kai Forbath, tight end Josiah Price and long snapper Nick Dooley official. The team also announced it waived linebacker Shaan Washington. In 23 games for the Vikings, Forbath has made 47 of 53 field goal attempts (88.7..." March 21

  • Ex-NFLers say league is trying to ‘rig’ concussion settlement, dementia claims are going unpaid

    New York Daily News "Victims of NFL concussions are tired of waiting for their money. Frustrated that their clients aren't getting paid fast enough, lawyers for players entitled to a share of the league's billion-dollar class-action concussion settlement said the NFL needs help finding its wallet. Specifically,..." March 21

  • Vikings re-sign kicker Kai Forbath

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings have agreed to re-sign kicker Kai Forbath, taking him off a free-agent market that was extremely limited, a league source confirmed. The Vikings and Dolphins were the only teams remaining without a kicker under contract. Forbath produced a solid but certainly not spectacular year..." March 20

  • West Coast teams want NFL rule limiting early kickoffs

    Pro Football Talk "Teams that play in the Pacific time zone are tired of early kickoffs on the East Coast (and even earlier kickoffs in London), and they want the NFL to limit them. Toward that end, the 49ers, Chargers and Cardinals have proposed a rule to be discussed at next week’s league meeting that would..." March 20

  • Spring league Alliance of American Football to launch in 2019 on CBS

    CBS Sports "The XFL, the controversial football league founded by Vince McMahon in 1999 that lasted just one season, is set to return in 2020. But it won't be the only new professional football league -- or even the first to begin play. Charlie Ebersol -- the son of NBC executive Dick Ebersol, McMahon's..." March 20

  • Brett Favre responds to $16 million lawsuit from investor in failed company

    Larry Brown Sports "Brett Favre is one of the people named in a lawsuit against a failed social media company that he was a pitch man for as recently as two or three years ago, but the Hall of Famer believes he bears no responsibility for any investing deals gone bad. The Blast reported back in January that Favre..." March 20

  • NFL VP Troy Vincent confirms changes to NFL catch rule

    ESPN "The NFL's competition committee is expected to propose a new catch rule that would eliminate the "going to the ground" distinction in addition to reinforcing a high standard for overturning calls via replay, league executive vice president Troy Vincent confirmed Tuesday to the Washington..." March 20

  • Proposed rule could allow officials at NFL office to eject players after instant replay

    Sporting News "Egregious “non-football acts" could be subject for ejection next season even if referees don't call for expulsion on the field. Troy Vincent, executive vice president of football operations, told USA Today Sports on Monday that the league’s competition committee will propose a rule allowing..." March 20

  • Broncos QB Case Keenum to wear No. 4 in Denver

    Clutch Points "Over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Denver Broncos fans across the world got an early glimpse of what newly-acquired quarterback Case Keenum will look like in an orange and blue home jersey. The Broncos’ official Instagram account posted a picture that was edited to show Keenum fully decked out in..." March 19

  • Report | Panthers to sign Jarius Wright

    Fanrag Sports "The Carolina Panthers are expected to sign wide receiver Jarius Wright, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. Wright was released by the Minnesota Vikings last week. The 28-year-old is coming off a 2017-18 campaign in which he appeared in all 16 regular-season games and caught 18..." March 19

  • Sam Bradford due huge bonuses for per-game production

    Larry Brown Sports "If Sam Bradford can simply stay healthy for the Arizona Cardinals, it sounds like he’ll be making a whole lot of money. Bradford’s deal with the Cardinals entitles him to up to $5 million in per-game bonuses — plus an impressive $10 million signing bonus." March 19

  • Report: Eagles, Vikings to kick off 2018 NFL season

    Sportsnaut "The Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII after defeating the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship, and the NFL world won’t be waiting long to see a rematch. According to Howard Eskin of Sports Radio WIP in Philadelphia, the Eagles will host the Vikings to open the 2018 NFL season..." March 19

  • Released on Friday, Jarius Wright hasn’t ruled out re-signing with Vikings

    Twin Cities "Jarius Wright said Saturday the door isn’t closed on a return to the Vikings. The 28-year-old receiver was released Friday so the Vikings could carve out more salary-cap room for free-agent signings. He had two years left on his contract. “It’s not out of the question,” Wright told the..." March 18

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